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Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack Comes With Some Online Bans, Downloaders Report
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Having already been subjected to difficulties and issues upon its launch, more problems have hit the Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack, which is now inadvertently causing Xbox Live bans for players who downloaded the pack for free and started playing it, as instructed through Microsoft's "14 Day, Buy and Play" programme.

On the official Halo forums, players have been reporting being kicked from games, before discovering that their accounts had been banned, disabling some of Halo 4's online features. Microsoft has responded with the following statement:

"We are not permanently banning players for previewing or purchasing the Crimson Map Pack," it reads. "We are currently investigating the recent reports of permanent matchmaking bans. We will provide further updates tomorrow. Thank you for your patience."

With Microsoft looking into the Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack issues, normal service should hopefully soon be resumed. Hopefully.

[Via Kotaku]


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Forum Posts: 22
Comment #1 by blueketchup
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 05:04:49 AM
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who would have known that a map pack could cause so much trouble lol

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Comment #2 by High Lord Sigma
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 05:05:43 AM
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I haven't come across this issue, probably because I've been too busy studying like a madman for my last final. I'll see later today when I finally go home for winter break.

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Comment #5 by x360a
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 05:15:13 AM
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@3 I believe the article states that the issue comes from downloading the map pack for free with the incentive included with halo 4. This is not human error , its computer generated bans based on this particular free item during the 14 day trail period.

My advice would be if you have already used the free 14 day code to still download crimson as i imagine you will only get some sort of rebate if its directly effected you. if you simply let your 14 days expire you may be at a permanent lose.

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Comment #6 by Teh Paralyzer
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 05:22:55 AM
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Something is wrong and players are being banned on accident is all. Microsoft is working on it so let them work.

They realize now something is up. It's just annoying to see this happening.

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Comment #8 by Tsukasa117
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 05:39:24 AM
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If is wasn't Microsoft's game studio the backlash from this map release wouldnt of been to harsh. Its funny because all this stuff was there MS's fault to begin with =P.

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Comment #9 by Dirty130
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 06:05:06 AM
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I was banned and unbanned for a C.o.D. DLC I never actually downloaded. It made no sense as I don't even play C.o.D. games let alone download paid-for DLC. After a 2 1/2 month investagation Microsoft unbanned my account and gave me 3 months of Xbox Live Gold, 800 Microsoft Points and a email with an apology. So basically what I'm saying is I'm sure they'll work this out..

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Comment #11 by GoSmurfUrself
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 07:06:33 AM
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Holy crap I got scared, I ran out of gold right before the map pack was available and I used the 14 day code and I downloaded the map pack for free because I bought the limited edition so I check this morning and I'm not banned :)

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Comment #12 by BiggD
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 07:15:28 AM
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@ 1, lol well said.

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Comment #13 by GWilly41
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 07:15:34 AM
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I got the map pack for free apparently for buying the limited edition (which means I reserved it at gamestop). I played this weekend with no ban. Is this different than this free 14 day trial? Will I have to buy it in 2 weeks?

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Comment #14 by Headless Snip3r
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 07:57:24 AM
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For those that don't know what happened here it is.

On the in-game menu to download the map pack for a period of time it said "Free" to download. Didn't matter if you had the Map Pass or not it was free to everyone. Well they caught it a couple of hours too late, and now they are giving the people that shouldn't have gotten it for free a "14 day trial" on the maps. After that then they can't play the maps anymore unless rightfully purchased. Apparently now the system is banning people, but Microsoft is working hard to reverse bans and fix the problem.

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Comment #15 by UltimateAuron32
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 08:03:24 AM
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further proof to me that automated systems do far more harm than good. i realize we do need them, but companies should also realize the need to be more careful with the programming of these automated systems.

hope it gets sorted soon.

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Comment #16 by demonmana
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 08:29:16 AM
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i blame the achivments =O

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Comment #17 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 08:48:44 AM
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At least Microsoft is consistent with their ability to disappoint.

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Comment #18 by BiggD
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:10:33 AM
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@13, if you have the Limited Edition of the game then don't worry about this article. It will not effect you my friend.

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Comment #19 by TwiliTerror
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:43:12 AM
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@18: Actually some people that reported getting banned have either used the code in the LE or a war games pass along with the "promotion trial" map packer downloaders. Though the common thing seems that it also deals with split-screening with another account (not a guest)

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Comment #20 by commanderdemo
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:50:48 AM
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I am having a problem getting the last achievement size is everything to unlock I have got the turret achievement almost done and still it won't unlock

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Comment #21 by commanderdemo
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:59:25 AM
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Can someone please inform me of something I have needed this achievement since the map pack has been at and still no unlock after 150 unmounted turret kills

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Comment #22 by Twisted Ego
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 12:19:20 PM
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I'm scared to log on now. I noticed I had it for free when it was going on for downloading. Was psyched and I adore the maps. Then finding out 343i is doing the "Trial" thing with the mistake MS did. *cries*

Now, hopefully I won't get banned -.-

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Comment #23 by KillerChris8814
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 01:11:49 PM
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They have to be on a Crimson map pack map from what I understand, that might be your problem.

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Comment #24 by Sanchezz4387
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 01:42:36 PM
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still cant download it

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Comment #25 by Restricted-Access
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 02:12:40 PM
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LOL @ #20/21!

This is NOT the place to bitch about achievements not working. Do you need help (which is already OBVIOUS)? Go to the forum for Halo 4 (try clicking on "Forums" at the top of this article... it'll take you right to it)!

I got the Map Pack for FREE... apparently due to having qualified for that Specialization Offer by playing online by Nov. 20th. I might be one of those people who gets banned (I haven't hit the War Games yet, having recently finished the Spartan Ops, and campaign last week).

I might go ahead and buy the Map Pass like I originally planned. It's just that the free download for Crimson was hard to resist, since it was right in my face! :-p

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Comment #26 by SasileUchiha92
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 04:41:35 PM
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Wow, Halo 4 continues to fail even over a month after launch.

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Comment #27 by Smurfboy
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 05:44:08 PM
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Seriously, man. 343i is messing up big time, eh? It makes me miss Bungie even more.

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Comment #28 by ERIKDOTCOM
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 08:53:05 PM
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Pull it together guys...

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Comment #29 by chri5dub12
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:13:40 PM
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wow... come back bungieeeeeeee

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Comment #30 by BILE1418
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 01:04:17 AM
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What a tweest.

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Comment #31 by G4M3 CHANGER
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 05:12:39 AM
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i wish they would ban me for some reason i can't stop playing this piece of shit game

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Comment #32 by IDI xWHITE OUTx
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 12:55:18 AM
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Quality stuff 343, quality stuff.

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